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AFRICA: Tunisian PM Jomaa announced a crackdown on networks recruiting people to fight jihad abroad and on imams who incite violence.
AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto and Peruvian President Humala presided over the signing of 10 bilateral cooperation accords.
ASIA: Thailand’s deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges.
EUROPE: The IMF said it expected the Ukraine’s economy to shrink by 6.5 percent in 2014 instead of the 5.0 percent it forecast earlier this year.
MIDDLE EAST: The death toll in Gaza hit 264 as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day.
TECHNOLOGY: Tokyo police arrested an engineer for allegedly stealing massive amounts of personal data from an educational services firm, a leak that may ultimately affect more than 20 million people.
Ukraine: International community reacts to downing of flight.
The OSCE called a special Permanent Council meeting on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
German Chancellor Merkel called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to permit a probe.
Australian PM Abbott called Russia’s response to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine “deeply, deeply unsatisfactory”.
Russian President Putin called for an urgent settlement of the Ukraine crisis as he expressed condolences to Dutch PM Rutte.
Rescue workers at the crash site said that they had found one of the black boxes from the passenger liner.
Libya: Militias battling for control of the Tripoli’s airport agreed on a ceasefire. (AFP)
Malawi: The electoral commission said arson cannot be ruled out in a warehouse fire that destroyed ballot boxes containing votes from a disputed election. (AFP)
Tunisia: PM Jomaa announced a crackdown on networks recruiting people to fight jihad abroad and on imams who incite violence. (AP)
Brazil: A new poll indicates that President Rousseff is statistically tied with her main challenger in a second-round runoff. (Reuters)
Colombia: The Supreme Court sentenced in absentia a close ally of former President Uribe to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies. (AP)
Colombia: Former intelligence chief Marquez was charged in the 1989 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan. (EFE)
Mexico: President Nieto and Peruvian President Humala presided over the signing of 10 bilateral cooperation accords. (Xinhua)
Korea, South: The Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed a plan for the country to design its own mid-level fighter jet, which a state think tank estimated will cost up to USD8.24 billion to develop. (Reuters)
Pakistan: At least eight paramilitaries and five militants were killed in a gunfight near Peshawar. (AFP)
Thailand: Deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges. (AFP)
Georgia: Parliament is to hold an extraordinary session to ratify the association agreement with the EU that was signed on 27JUN. (Itar-Tass)
Ukraine: The IMF said it expected the country’s economy to shrink by 6.5 percent in 2014 instead of the 5.0 percent it forecast earlier this year. (AFP)
United Kingdom: A new poll indicates that Scottish separatists are closing the gap on their unionist rivals ahead of a September independence referendum. (Reuters)
Region: The death toll in Gaza hit 264 as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day. (AFP)
Iran: China’s chief negotiator said the country and world powers are “likely” to agree on the terms of extending the deadline on talks. (AFP)
Iraq: President Jalal Talabani, who has been in Germany for medical treatment since December 2012, will return to the country on 19JUL. (AFP)
Syria: Jihadists killed at least 90 regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province. (AFP)
Yemen: Two soldiers and a suspected al-Qaeda gunman were killed in a clash following an ambush in the southern province of Shabwa. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: Tokyo police arrested an engineer for allegedly stealing massive amounts of personal data from an educational services firm, a leak that may ultimately affect more than 20 million people. (AFP)
Cyclones: Super Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)
Location: 217 NM SW of Hong Kong
Movement: NW at 14 mph
Winds: 155 mph
Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Matmo)
Location: 222 NM N of Koror, Palau
Movement: WNW at 3 mph
Winds: 46 mph
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 964 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Deaths: 603 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JUL)
Colombia: Heroes of the Nation Day
Ireland: Anniversary of declared ceasefire by IRA – 1997
Nicaragua: Anniversary of Sandinista rebels’ overthrow of Nicaraguan government – 1979
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